I'm trying to do a series of designs so that I can try my luck with some of the major companies/publications involved with skiing, skate, surfing, or other wild sports. I'm not too good with trendy looking designs; instead, my style is more of crude over-the-board look. And in many cases that style is the signature style for wild sport publications. So, I'll try since I haven't tried anything with ski, surf and sk8 designs yet.
I am looking for royalty free images, but not willing to pay for it since I'm not making any money out of this. Or, if you are the photographer, I'm willing to put your name on the bottom of the design, in small letters... something like, photo credit xxxxxxxx. Keep in mind that I'm putting this image on my site as portfolio; so, later, after I spend many hours of work, I don't want to hear something like, "Wow, you really are a wacky designer... your design is really ugly, remove my photo, I don't want it online!"
I'm possibly looking for shots taken with high-end SLR and lenses, smooth & low-ISO-looking images. But sometimes amateur photos look great too as long as they are high-res. I'm not looking for anything like 640X480, since I'm designing in high-res only.